Background and activities

I am associate professor in interdisciplinary childhood and youth studies at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning. I have a MA degree in social anthropology (NTNU) and a PhD in sociology (NORD university), both focusing on young people on the street in Brazil. My post doc concerned the impact of the drug trade on the everyday lives of children and youth in Brazil (NFR/NTNU).

I am currently teaching in courses on qualitative methods in childhood studies as well as children's rights on BA to PhD level, mostly within Mphil i Childhood Studies. I am also editor-in-chief of the academic journal BARN.  

Academic interests

  • Marginalised children, youth and families
  • Children and youths' sense of belonging
  • Children's rights 
  • Young citizenship
  • Diverse forms of child and youth migration
  • Children and youth in Latin America

Selected research projects

Research group membership


Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Ursin, Marit. (2018) Street Children And Brazil. Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies.
  • Ursin, Marit; Abebe, Tatek. (2017) Young People’s Marginal Livelihoods and Social Transitions in Urban Brazil: Tale of Four Lives. Laboring and Learning..
  • Ursin, Marit. (2016) Geographies of Sleep Among Brazilian Street Youth. Geographies of children and young people: Space, place and environment.
  • Ursin, Marit. (2005) ‘Dia de Visita’ – besøksdag i et brasiliansk fengsel. Betwixt and Between. Sosialantropologistudentenes årbok.


  • Ursin, Marit. (2013) 'The place where I buried my bellybutton' - A longitudinal study of transitions and belonging among young men on the street in Salvador, Brazil. 2013. ISBN 978-82-92958-08-7.
  • Ursin, Marit. (2006) Os pivetes - Brazilian street youth and their encounter with a middle class neighbourhood. 2006.